North American Scholar

DUKE, Theodore Thomas

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1916-10-06
  • Born City: Akron
  • Born State/Country: OH
  • Parents: John W. & Julia E. D.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1979-07-16
  • Death City: Akron
  • Death State/Country: OH
  • Education:

    B.A. U. Akron, 1939; M.A. Western Reserve U, 1941; study at U. North Carolina, 1941-2; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1946.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. & Gk. U. Akron, 1946-79; chair, dept. class, 1948-79.

  • Dissertation:

    “A History of Laodicea under the Seleucids and Romans with Prosopographia and Testimonia Epigraphia” (Johns Hopkins, 1946)

  • Publications:

    “Virgil and Iopas,” CJ 45 (1949-50) 191-3; “The Festival Chronology,” Studies Robinson, 2:851-7; “Murder in the Bath,” a 49 (1953-4) 325-30; “Women in the Roman Arena,” CJ 50 (1954-5) 223-4; “Ovid's Pyramus and Thisbe,” CJ 66 (1971-2), 320-7; “Metabus of Privernum,” Vergilius 23 (1977) 34-8.

  • Notes:

    Theodore T. Duke was trained in classical archaeology and languages at the Johns Hopkins University. By the summit of his career he had extended his expertise to the archaeology of Egypt, the Near East, and Roman Britain. His primary focus was on the Bronze Age Mediterranean world and the interconnections of these civilizations. His dedication to his discipline caused him to undertake a local project for his colleagues, the history of the original college building, when its foundations were partially revealed by a new construction. The resulting text, “Glorious to View: A Reconstruction of Old Buchtel 1871-1899,” is a floor-by-floor reconstitution in book form.He became known throughout the region as one of its most dedicated scholars and inspiring teachers. Many of his students have followed him into academic fields and after his sudden death, a memorial scholarship was established in his honor and the auditorium in Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences bears his name.

  • Sources:

    U. of Akron archives.

  • Author: Jacqueline S. Hegbar